Set Left Locator numerically… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Left Locator numerically…

I have tried many ways to get the locators where I want them. Sometimes just entering the numbers from the keyboard is the simplest approach.

I set the locators numerically by double-clicking the locator in the LCD and typing in the bar number I want. I certainly don’t want to eat up control bar space with buttons that select a field in a dialog box. I would rather dedicate some key command to bring up the box.

The entry box does provide a decent way to focus on what you want, and lets you skip the command to set the other locators…

“Current” is the location of the playhead.

 

Use the cycle area in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can use the cycle area to repeatedly play a particular part of a project. The cycle area can be used for composing, practicing a part before recording, recording multiple takes, and other purposes.

 

 

Go to Marker Number 16 ⌃6 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Marker Number 16    ⌃6

I won’t repeat my statements about knowing why I would want to go to marker 16. Of course I remember why it is marker 16. I know what each of the 20 markers that I want to go to are. A marker would never get inserted before marker 16 causing it to move.

I like my markers. I like them so much I like to name them.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Create Marker for Selected Regions ⌥⇧’ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Create Marker for Selected Regions    ⌥⇧'

I need to use this command a bit more. When I first add tracks to a project for mixing I need to create a structural view of the song (I should, do this, I don’t often do it).

One of the early tasks I do is to strip silence from tracks which helps me focus on the parts of something like a vocal. This would be perfect for getting makers set quickly.

NB you can have multiple, different marker sets.

Add markers in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can add a marker at any position in your project. When you create a marker, it can be rounded to the nearest quarter note, to the nearest bar, or not rounded.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot

Most of the zoom and store commands are not mapped. It is a simple matter to adjust the zoom and use the Store Navigation Snapshot command.

I strongly recommend that you read the Logic Pro 9 manual introductory material to gain a proper understanding of what the tool can do. The commands and workflow are all there in Logic Pro X, but the description and discussion of things like Zoom were yanked from the Logic Pro X manual. Did the bits weigh too much for shipping?

Zoom windows – Logic Pro X

 

You can store three different zoom settings for each window using the Save as Zoom 1–3 key commands. Use the Recall Zoom 1–3 key commands to recall your zoomed settings. These commands only apply to the active window or window area.

 

 

 Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Zooming the Working Area

 

You can set, and recall, up to 30 zoom level and scroll bar positions for each window. These allow you to navigate through a number of window zoom levels and scroll bar positions, making repetitive editing tasks much faster.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

 
Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Zoom to fit Selection vertically and horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot ⌃⇧Z
Zoom to fit Selection horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Locators, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit All Contents, store Navigation Snapshot
Store Navigation Snapshot ⇧Z
Navigation: Back ⌥Z
Navigation: Forward ⌥⇧Z

 

Go to Left Locator – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Left Locator    

Move the playhead to the left locator position. I recently wrote about ‘Go to Right Locator’ and enthusiastically assigned the left and right motions to the keys F7 and F9 (rewind and fast forward symbols) on my keyboard. 

I now have a very nice workflow for zooming in on a section of a track. Use the Marquee tool to select an area (Auto Set Locators enabled), press F7 to move the playhead to the left locator, and press Z to zoom the selection into view. Very handy…

The order of Zoom and Move Playhead can be reversed. The Z(oom) command will zoom the Marquee selection to fill the Arrange window.

It’s kind of fun when my commands of the day randomly fall into place and give me a new perspective on the work.

Auto Set Locators

Go to Right Locator

The Marquee Tool

Select parts of regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

You can select and edit parts of one or more regions, using the Marquee tool or the marquee stripe:

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Recall Zoom 3 3 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Recall Zoom 3    3

I have modified the ‘Recall Zoom’ and ‘Save Zoom’ key commands.

My experiments in zooming will include determining if zoom settings are global for a project or are stored with screensets. It appears that the zoom setting is global, and retained when you quit and restart Logic. 

My knowledge of the zooming workflow is pathetic. Starting to learn Logic on a 27″ monitor gives an entirely different introduction to the user interface. Living with a 1920×1080 screen (or smaller) would give a different meaning to using the zooming features.

Zoom windows – Logic Pro X

 

You can also zoom in to see regions or events in closer detail, or zoom out to see more of the project. Most Logic Pro windows have zoom sliders.

 

 

 Sigh – another example of losing the documentation about how to use Logic Pro. In Logic Pro X there are a full 6 pages of documentation about using windows. In Logic Pro 9 there are 17 pages. There is a lot of knowledge about using the interface packed into those 11 pages that you can’t find anywhere for Logic Pro X!

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Customizing Your Window Setup

Logic Pro allows you to customize your window setup to fit both your working style and the task at hand. While you will perform most of your work in the Arrange window, you can open different combinations of windows (even several of the same type) and adjust each individually. It is also easy to save different window arrangements called screensets, (discussed in Using Screensets), and recall them by pressing a key. All open windows in a project are constantly updated, following the position of the playhead. Alterations made in one window are immediately reflected in all other open windows. For example, if the pitch of a note event is changed in the Score Editor, this change is instantly shown in an open Piano Roll Editor window. This chapter outlines how you can customize and save your overall window setup. The display options of individual windows and editors are covered in their respective chapters.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ 

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Recall Zoom 1 ⌃⌥⌘1
Recall Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⌘2
Recall Zoom 3 ⌃⌥⌘3
Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Save as Zoom 1 ⌃⌥⇧⌘1
Save as Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⇧⌘2
Save as Zoom 3 ⌃⌥⇧⌘3

 

Select Previous Region/Event of Same Type – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Previous Region/Event of Same Type

A simple example is to select the previous program change MIDI event in a region. That’s the Event version.

It helps to parse the command into these statements

‘Select Previous Region’ and ‘Select Previous Event of Same Type’.

‘Select Previous Region’ is already defined as the left-arrow key, so this is essentially a redundant command. No need to over-think it.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to End of Last Region ⌥↩ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to End of Last Region   ⌥↩

There is no apparent documentation for this command.

Move the playhead to the end of the last region in the project. This can be a different location from the end of the project which can be reached using the ‘Go to End’ command.

The main menu ‘Navigate’ has commands for going to the start or end of the selection.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Marker Number… ⌥/ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Marker Number…   ⌥/

If I am going to go to a numbered marker I suspect that I will actually be sitting at a keyboard. This is the appropriate command for numbered markers – keypress, enter number, return.

Markers overview – Logic Pro X

When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can use markers to tag different parts of a project, and quickly select the parts for playback, arranging, and editing. Markers can help you organize your project, and also act as storage areas for locator positions.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Beginning  ↩ ⌃⌥⇧ 6⃣ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Beginning     ↩   ⌃⌥⇧6⃣

The RETURN key. Moves the playhead to the beginning of the project. Contrast this with the ENTER key which plays from the current playhead position

Get started with playback and navigation – Logic Pro X

The playhead extends from the top to the bottom of the Tracks area, and moves as the project plays, showing the currently playing point in the project. At the top of the playhead is a triangle that you can drag to move the playhead to a different time position, or scrub the project by moving the playhead across the Tracks area to quickly locate a particular musical passage.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND